What is Mescaline?

Mescaline Produces Hallucinogenic Effects Similar To LSD

Mescaline, a hallucinogenic drug that’s been around for thousands of years, alters a user’s perception. It’s found in the seeds of the Peyote cactus along with the following: the Fabaceae bean family and Cactaceae plant family. Native Americans in Mexico use the drug for some of their religious ceremonies.

The majority of users will chew the seeds to get the hallucinogenic effects – effects that can last up to 18 hours.

What Does The Drug Look Like? How Do People Take It?

Mescaline, which comes from the Peyote cactus’ green-button shaped seeds. They can be taken either dried or mixed with water to create a hallucinogenic drink. Some people find that drug has a quite bitter taste, which causes them to grind the seeds into a powder and place it into capsules.

What Are The Dangers Associated With Mescaline?

Again, Mescaline is a hallucinogen, similar to LSD. However, it doesn’t produce the same primary effects that LSD does, but it does generate some peripheral ones.

The key effects mescaline produces includes:

• Euphoria (feeling of happiness)
• Short-term memory loss
• Heightened senses
• Difficulty concentrating
• Hallucinations

A person may experience altered perceptions of time, space, colours and shapes.

Physically, a person will have dilated pupils, altered vision and an increase in body temperature, blood pressure and heart rate.

When a person is acutely intoxicated from mescaline, it causes many negative reactions such as panic, anxiety and loss of control over themselves or environment. They may also exhibit extremely dangerous behavior. A person that uses mescaline regularly will experience mood disturbances, no enthusiasm and recurrent hallucinations.

User Dependence On Mescaline

Mescaline users, over time, build up a tolerance to its effects. Once they quit using it, the tolerance drops. There is no physical dependence but psychological ones.

Is Mescaline Legal?

Mescaline, in powder form, is a Class A drug, meaning you cannot legally sell or give it away. Possessing it can land you in jail for seven years. If you give it to friends or family, you can be sentenced to life behind bars and a large fine.

You can legally possess dried Peyote buttons.

Driving under the influence of mescaline is illegal – and even one day after using it, you should not be driving. If found to be driving under the influence of mescaline, you could face a heavy fine, go to prison and lose your driving privileges.

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